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US aviation fatalities increased by 13% in 2018, NTSB says

US aviation fatalities increased by 13% in 2018, NTSB says

The number of people killed in US aviation accidents increased by 13% from 2017 to 2018, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB reported 347 people died in aviation accidents in 2017, compared to 393 in 2018. “The NTSB is disappointed to see that the fatal accident rate and fatal accident numbers have…MORE

Lyft is pulling its scooters from cities across the US

Lyft is pulling its scooters from cities across the US

Electric scooter enthusiasts in Nashville, San Antonio and Columbus, Ohio, will have one less brand to ride starting next week. Lyft is ending its scooter service in six cities, the company said in a statement provided to CNN Business. The decision has resulted in 20 layoffs in its bikes and scooters team, which consists of…MORE

A young girl rescued from under a subway car is an honorary NYPD officer

A young girl rescued from under a subway car is an honorary NYPD officer

A 5-year-old girl rescued from under a subway train that killed her father became an honorary New York Police Department officer. NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison shared a photo of Ferni Balbuena Friday during her visit with the department. “Today is Ferni Balbuena’s #NYPD Hope Trip. Ferni was rescued unharmed last month after her…MORE

The great holiday decorations debate

The great holiday decorations debate

It’s a debate as old as the holidays themselves. When, exactly, do you deck the halls? After all, there are two months from Halloween to New Year’s; a whole entire holiday — hi, Thanksgiving — in between; and myriad ways to mistime your holiday decorating mission. Some people go whole hog as soon as the…MORE

Everything you need to know before watching season three of ‘The Crown’

Everything you need to know before watching season three of ‘The Crown’

Practice your curtsy. “The Crown” returns to Netflix on Sunday, with Olivia Colman taking her seat on Queen Elizabeth II’s throne as the series’ new star. The 10-episode run, set between 1964 and 1977, will showcase tension inside Buckingham Palace and tackle turmoil on the outside, introducing many viewers to a volatile period in British…MORE

There are more LGBTQ characters on television than ever before

There are more LGBTQ characters on television than ever before

A record-breaking number of LGBTQ characters will appear on broadcast television by the time this year’s season is over. A total 10.2% of regular characters in the 2019-2020 broadcast television season are reported to be LGBTQ, according to GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” report. That’s up from 8.8% the prior season. The latest tally…MORE

These trans people made history in 2019

These trans people made history in 2019

It’s 2019 and transgender visibility in the US is at an all-time high in politics, media and sports. Historic “firsts” are significant markers of the country’s progress toward trans equality, said Alex Schmider, GLAAD’s associate director of transgender representation. Only 16% of Americans said they personally know a trans person, GLAAD reported in 2015. That…MORE

A day that underscored the corruption swamping the Trump presidency

A day that underscored the corruption swamping the Trump presidency

A fateful convergence of events Friday reflected a culture of corruption and intimidation endemic to the circle of a President who vowed to drain the swamp but instead became its incarnation. First, a US ambassador told how her reputation was shredded and she was hounded out of her job by President Donald Trump’s rogue associates…MORE

Chicago teachers vote to accept a tentative agreement after 11-day strike

Chicago teachers vote to accept a tentative agreement after 11-day strike

Chicago teachers have voted to accept a tentative agreement, their union said Friday. “With 80% of schools reporting, members have voted 81% yes to ratify the new contract with CPS (Chicago Public Schools),” the statement says. Some of the gains of the new contract highlighted in the statement “include, mandatory class size caps and enforcement,…MORE

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